Public-private partnerships and international development cooperation: the end of a taboo?


Institutional Communication Service

20 September 2021

Achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda requires a broad financial base that exceeds the number of funds made available by official development assistance. Therefore, urgent action is needed to mobilise and redirect financial resources, business expertise, and technological know-how from the private sector. But, how and at what price? To answer these questions, the Federation of NGOs of Southern Switzerland (FOSIT) is holding a symposium in the Auditorium of Università della Svizzera italiana on Saturday, 9 October 2021.

The conference, organised by FOSIT and supported by the City of Lugano and AIL SA with the patronage of the State Council of the Republic and Canton of Ticino, will compare perspectives and reflections on the delicate balance of collaboration between the public and private sectors in international development cooperation. The conference will be moderated by Peter Schiesser, journalist and editor-in-chief of Azione. Six keynote speeches and a panel with speakers will be followed by a standing networking lunch.


The event will be held from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm in the USI Auditorium.

Please find attached the detailed program.

For organisational reasons, registration is required by 3 October at:
[email protected] 

The event will be held in compliance with the current federal regulations on COVID-19.